Junior adventure seekers in the limelight at XTERRA Kids Race

XTerra Kids
XTERRA Grabouw SA Championship ©Mark Sampson

The much anticipated XTERRA Kids Race was the source of much excitement at the Elgin Grabouw Country Club on Saturday, 23 February 2019.

The perfect introduction to the sport of XTERRA Racing, the XTERRA Kids Race featured three entry options for junior adventure seekers aged 6 – 15 years.  The first event was for athletes aged 6 – 8 years and featured a 60m swim, 2km MTB and 600m Trail Run.  The second option was for 9 – 11 year old entrants and featured a 100m swim, 3km MTB and 1.5km Trail Run.  The final category was for athletes between 12 – 15 years of age and featured a 250m swim, 5km MTB and 2.5km Trail Run.

“The XTERRA Kids Race is action packed from start to finish,” said Michael Meyer, Managing Director Stillwater Sports.  “This is the perfect introduction to the sport of XTERRA.  The children get to swim, run and mountain bike in a safe environment with mom and dad nearby at all times.  We are thankful to each and every parent for entering their children, allowing them to be part of the XTERRA vibe.”

Matthew Ratcliffe (Constantia) took part in the 6 – 8 year category of the XTERRA Kids Race.  “The XTERRA Kids Race was good,” said a very happy Ratcliff.  “This is the first time that I participate.  My brother took part in 2018.  I enjoyed the mountain bike discipline the most.  I definitely want to be back next year.”

Klara du Plessis (Stellenbosch) had fun in the 9 – 11 year category of the XTERRA Kids Race.  “The event was nice.  The swim was a little busy.  I enjoyed the mountain bike the most.  We (referring to her older brother and sister) take part every year.”

Andrew Bosch (Port Elizabeth) was on a mission in the 12 – 15 year category.  “I took part in my first XTERRA in 2018,” said a very happy Bosch.  “I really like the location and enjoy the trail run discipline the most.  My XTERRA hero is Richard Murray.”

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